Anti-corruption police have recommended that criminal charges be brought against 54 people in relation to the alleged manipulation of public tenders issued by the Ministry of Defense between 2005 and 2007. The police have prepared charges of operating a criminal organization against 18 of the 54 suspects. The case is the largest ever investigated by the Czech police’s anti-corruption division.
Jaroslav Veselý, the founder and co-owner of the conference services company ProMoPro, which handled audiovisual and interpreting services during the Czech EU Presidency in 2009, told reporters on Wednesday that he intends to lodge a criminal complaint against Komerční banka for alleged disclosing personal financial information to the media.
Minister of Finance Miroslav Kalousek announced on Thursday that he had dismissed Jana Hendrichová, the head of the ministry’s department of international law and European affairs, due to her role in payments to the audiovisual firm ProMoPro during the Czech presidency of EU in 2009. At the time Hendrichová worked in the Government Office’s department for organizing the presidency.
The ex-mayor of Prague 5 again faces criminal charges for abuse of office. Anti-corruption police had filed charges against Milan Jančík (Civic Democrats, ODS) in December last year, but these were rejected by the state prosecutor last month. Anti-corruption police spokesman Roman Skřepek confirmed on Feb. 7 that revised charges had been filed against Jančík, who could face 3 to 10 years in prison if found guilty.
According to a SANEP poll, most Czechs feel that Defense Minister Alexandr Vondra (Civic Democrats, ODS) should step down over a controversial spending on audiovisual services during the Czech EU Presidency in 2009, for which he had oversight. ODS voters, though, took a much more forgiving viewpoint, with just 50.9 percent saying they were concerned about the affair and the same percentage saying they still trust Vondra.
The Registration Court in Prague has refused to register the Anti-Corruption Endowment Fund established by financier Karel Janeček as it would not be “publicly beneficial.” Janeček, who wants to support whistleblowers exposing corruption in public administration, says he will file a revised application; his lawyer says the court’s decision has tarnished the image of the Czech legal system.
Finance Minister Miroslav Kalousek (TOP 09) has denied that he initiated the investigation into payments of over Kč 500 million by the Government Office to the company ProMoPro for conference services during the Czech EU Presidency in 2009. Still, Kalousek says that the ProMoPro affair is undoubtedly more serious than the Drobil scandal.
The Ministry of Finance has filed a criminal complaint against conference service company ProMoPro for allegedly embezzling money during the Czech Republic’s European Union presidency. The government department responsible that issued the contract without a tender was headed by Alexandr Vondra (ODS), now minister of defense. Vondra denies any responsibility for the deal.
Between 2006 and 2010, the Ministry of Transportation issued 19 public tenders in each of which there was only a single bidder — which always won. These one-horse tenders represent two thirds of all tenders issued by the ministry in this period, when headed by ministers from the ranks of the Civic Democrat Party (ODS).
The economist Pavel Kohout should not have taken part in the recent Hyde Park discussion program on ČT24. Up until then I assumed him to be a well-informed expert. At the beginning of the program, Kohout indicated he was suffering from deep depression, and it showed. But after his first answer he put me — and maybe some other viewers — into a deep depression as well.